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California Burrito - San Diego entity or beyond?

I stopped by my local favorite cheap taqueria on the way home from work tonight; Palomino's #2 at Clairmont Mesa Blvd. and Ruffin Road. Ordered something different for me: a California burrito. What I get is a huge Sunday-edition burrito with carne asada, french fries, cheese, salsa, sour cream. I was a little afraid at first (could just see the HDL and LDL battling for positions in my bloodstream), but dug in. It was great! Maybe because I was dead tired from office and needed a comfort-food fix, but it was fresh and piping-hot and very filling of course.

So has anyone had CA burritos from other places that are similar, are they carne asada fries wrapped up in a flour tortilla? It reminded me of my HSO's home-cooking Lomo Saltado, Peruvian steak strips with fries, only without the gravy. I would love to sample other restaurant versions, any recommendations or comments?

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  1. I think all of the -berto's offer them.

    1. I like the one from Santana's.

      1. It's pretty much a S.D. thing. Make sure you get your next one with avocado. Amps up the taste sensations.

        1. Try the one from Santana's and add guacamole (and/or sour cream). I've found that the quality can vary from location to location and from time to time. I've had the best luck at the Pt. Loma location and not so good luck at the Morena Blvd. and the new College area location.

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          1. re: sdrey

            The old Morena location (next to the circle K) used to have excellent CA burritos. However, since they closed that location the one down the street is not nearly as good. I've been going to the PB location ever since (but the quality is still not up to par as the original Morena location). I might have to give the Pt Loma one a try.

            1. re: mliew

              I just heard from a friend that the original Santana's on Morena has reopened. Their website seems to confirm as well. Hopefully the quality is the same as it used to be. I'll have to check it out sometime.

          2. I've had on at Roberto's. DISGUSTING.

            Has one at Super Sergio''s on Convoy. It was better, but nothing extraordinary.

            Still searching for a good one.

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            1. re: young_chower

              I'm not really a fan of the California burrito. They're always greasy, heavy, and coma-inducing.

              1. re: Josh

                But what's wrong with them?
                ;)

                1. re: ricepad

                  There was a movie out about a decade ago "Eating" about women and their relationships with food. One scene was an interview about guilty food pleasures. This would definitely qualify for that category. It was very tasty, only ate one-half, but then had the rest for breakfast...

                2. re: Josh

                  I agree, Josh. I find them a bit much, and I only made it halfway through the only one I've tried. You want something greasy, heavy, and coma-inducing? Try Carne Asada fries. I'm thinkin' this isn't a good claim-to-fame for San Diego!

                  1. re: phee

                    As a Mexican Quasi Purist-Snob... I look down upon Burritos & their fans... but I have to admit that I succumb to their McFoodish tempation... every so often. When I do... I usually split a Burrito (might as well go over the top with all the extras).

                    At Tacomiendo in L.A.... I have been know to get 4 meals out of their humongous Burrito which I suplement with Green Salad, Beans & Tropical Fruits.

                    You know you don't have to eat the whole thing, right?